‘American Sniper’ peerless at top of box office


“American Sniper” remained firmly atop the North American box office this weekend to cement its status as the highest-grossing war movie of all time, industry data showed Monday.

The Clint Eastwood-directed drama has shrugged off rumbling controversies to surpass Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” as the most successful war film ever made, inching past the 1998 movie’s record haul of $216.5 million.
Eastwood’s movie, loosely based on the life of Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in US military history, has divided critics who have accused it of presenting a simplistic black-and-white view of the Iraq War.

But cinemagoers have flocked to the film in droves, helping the movie earn another $30.7 million this weekend to take its total earnings to $247.8 million, figures from box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations showed.

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